The Covid-19 pandemic led to unexpected school closures all across Europe, moving formal education either partially or entirely online in March 2020. This sudden shift revealed that teachers had little or no previous experience with distance learning, and were unprepared to conduct effective online teaching for their students.
In April 2020, in response to this need, EuroClio launched its Online Course on Online Teaching. It produced a total of 7 episodes developed in collaboration with international education professionals from across the EuroClio network, to cover issues from useful online tools like Canva and MindMup to assessment strategies in distance learning.
A year on, there still remains a wide gap between what students need and what teachers know how to offer with distance learning. Students grow more demotivated to learn online every day. Teachers need to be trained in effective tools and methodologies for effective digital learning, to be able to engage their learners, whose formative educational moments will be spent behind a screen for the foreseeable future. Even once teachers are able to teach face-to-face again, the legacy of the pandemic will be an increased expectation of digital readiness and resilience in the education sector, and teachers must be prepared to meet this expectation.